Spices research body urges Indian government to take steps to prevent plant diseases

The Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR) has urged the government to take adequate measures in a timely manner to prevent the spread of various diseases in spices. High incidence of plant diseases and pest attacks has been noticed in many areas in the southern Kerala state. Most crops, including paddy, coconut, pepper, rubber, nutmeg […]

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COMMENTARY – Kerala floods to hit India’s coffee, spices and rubber output hard


The devastating floods in Kerala have brought the state’s economy to a standstill, with tens of thousands of farmers clueless about their future, as rainwaters have destroyed yearlong plantations, hitting coffee, spices and rubber. “Preliminary findings show that nearly 1,82,000 farmers are directly affected, and nearly 28,150 hectares of farm land are submerged in flood […]

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Drought, flood risks to arise in Asia from uneven monsoon during this summer; West Pacific may yield strong typhoons


An uneven southwestern and eastern Asia monsoon may lead to areas of drought and recurring flooding during the summer of 2018, weather forecaster AccuWeather said. The weather pattern that brought areas of isolated flooding rain, frequent dust storms and damaging winds from the Middle East to northern India will break down over the rest of […]

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Disasters causing billions in agricultural losses around the world; drought leads the way – FAO

Natural disasters are costing farmers in the developing world billions of dollars each year, with drought emerging as the most destructive in a crowded field of threats that also includes floods, forest fires, storms, plant pests, animal diseases outbreaks, chemical spills and toxic algal blooms. According to a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of […]

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Bangladesh to buy 200,000 tonnes of Russian wheat to boost food stocks – report

Bangladesh is set to import 200,000 tonnes of wheat from Russia under a state-to-state arrangement as part of an aggressive move to boost the country’s food stock, a local newspaper reported. The development comes after the cabinet committee on purchase yesterday approved the import of wheat for $252 per tonne, which the food ministry says […]

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Daily Masala

Here is what others are talking about this morning: Dollar drops on Fed’s inflation; Asia stocks rise Oil prices ease, but near eight-week highs on lower U.S stocks Thyssenkrupp CEO keen for Tata steel merger deal before end-September: sources Pepper, cumin, thyme get global norms India relaxes rules of Gold Bond Scheme to attract more […]

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